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  • Curriculum Vitae: Alyssa A. Goodman

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    Alyssa A. Goodman

    Office Address

    Astronomy Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 495–9278

    Home Address

    485 Concord Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421

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    July 1, 1962/New York, New York



    Sc.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics Thesis: Grain Alignment in Molecular Clouds Advisor: C. Alcock


    A.M. Harvard University, Physics


    Ph.D. Harvard University, Physics Thesis: Interstellar Magnetic Fields: An Observational Perspective Advisor: P. Myers

    Academic Experience


    1999– Professor, Harvard University Astronomy Department
    1995– Research Associate, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
    2009–2010 Scholar–in–Residence, WGBH Boston (consultant role)
    2008–2009 Scholar–in–Residence, WGBH Boston (sabbatical)
    2005–2008 Founding Director, Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing
    2002–2010 Principal Investigator, The COMPLETE Survey of Star–Forming Regions
    2001–2002 Visiting Professor, Yale University Astronomy Department (sabbatical)
    1996–1999 Associate Professor, Harvard University Astronomy Department
    1995–1997 Head Tutor, Harvard University Astronomy Department
    1992–1996 Assistant Professor, Harvard University Astronomy Department
    1989–1992 Post–doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
    1984–1989 Research Assistant, Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    1983 Summer Fellow, NASA–Goddard Institute for Space Studies

    Honors, Awards and Elected Positions


    2009 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    2009 Collins Lecturer, Massachusetts General Hospital
    2008 Inaugural “Scholar–in–Residence” at WGBH, Boston
    2008– Microsoft Academic Partner
    2008– Apple Science Innovator Award
    2008 Chair, Astronomy Section of the AAAS
    2006 NCSA Distinguished Lecturer, National Center for Supercomputer Applications
    2005 Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health
    2004 Sturm Lecturer, Wesleyan University
    1998 Bok Prize, Harvard University
    1997 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, American Astronomical Society
    1994–2000 National Science Foundation Young Investigator
    1994 Pedagogical Innovation Award, Harvard University
    1993–1995 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
    1989–1991 President’s Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
    1990 First Prize Paper, NATO ASI on Star Formation
    1986–1989 Amelia Earhart Fellowships from Zonta International
    1985 Francis Lee Freidman Award in Physics, Harvard University
    1983 Sigma Pi Sigma, MIT

    Society Memberships


    American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Association of University Professors; American Astronomical Society; International Astronomical Union; Association for Computing Machinery; IEEE; URSI Commission J (Radio Astronomy)